Asian Hockey Players in the NHL (Part II)

These Asians rocked out on the ice.

Jon Matsumoto

An offensive center, Matsumoto plays with loads of enthusiasm. He’s an excellent playmaker who, regardless of his size, is hard to knock off the puck. He doesn’t shy from traffic or contact. 

Richard Park

Richard Park is a Korean-born American former professional ice hockey player who spent 14 seasons with the NHL with six different teams. Presently, he is a Player Development Coach for the Minnesota Wild. 

Raymond Sawada

Raymond Masao Sawada is a former ice hockey winger with the Canadian league. 

Devin Setoguchi

Devin Charlie Kenichi Setoguchi is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who presently plays with the Adirondack Flames of the AHL. Setoguchi is Half-Yonsei. He was drafted by the Sharks in the first round in the 2005 NHL Draft. Also, he played with the Minnesota Wild, Calgary Flames, and Winnipeg Jets.  

Brandon Yip

Brandon Michael Harry Yip is a Canadian professional ice hockey right wing for Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Previously, he played in the NHL for the Nashville Predators, Colorado Avalanche, and the Phoenix Coyotes. He is of Irish and Asian descent.  

Robin Bawa 

Robin N. Bawa is a Canadian retired former professional ice hockey player who spent four seasons in the NHL between 1989 and 1994.

Bawa spent five seasons of junior hockey in the WHL with the Kamloops Blazers but wasn’t selected in the NHL Entry Draft. Lastly, after a 57-goal performance in the 1986–87 season, Bawa got a pro contract from the Washington Capitals.

Even though Bawa had been basically a skilled player in junior, he started to fight more frequently in pro hockey and became an enforcer, as that was his best ticket to the NHL. He averaged more than 200 penalty minutes in his first three years with the Capitals. 

Asian Hockey Players in the NHL (Part I)

These Asian Hockey Players are in the NHL.

Believe it or not, there are a good number of Asian-American hockey players in the NHL as well as many Canadian hockey players of Asian descent. The top Asian players in the NHL, over the course of its existence, have a place on this list of the top Asian hockey players in the NHL. 

Players of Asian descent in the NHL go back to the mid-20th century. Who was the 1st Asian NHL player? In 1948, Canadian Chinese hockey player Larry Kowng was the first Asian hockey player to play in the NHL. He played with the New York Rangers in the Montreal Forum. In 1990, Korean hockey player Jim Paek was the 1st Asian-born player to win the Stanley Cup, playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Chris Beckford-Tseu

Chris Beckford-Tseu is a former Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played in one NHL game with the St. Louis Blues in the 2007–08 season. He was drafted by the Blues in the 2003 NHL draft.

Manny Malhotra

Emmanuel “Manny” Noveen Malhotra is a Canadian professional ice hockey center who presently plays for the Montreal Canadiens of the NHL. Frequently renowned as the 1st East India. Previously, he played in the NHL for the San Jose Sharks, Carolina Hurricanes, Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars, and Columbus Blue Jackets. 

Malhotra is famously for being a two-way forward and for his faceoff proficiency. Malhotra was selected in the 1st round as the 7th overall pick of the 1998 NHL draft by the New York Rangers. He became a player in the NHL after a two-year career in the Ontario Hockey.

Victor Bartley

Victor Bartley is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is presently playing with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League.